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Morrisville biodiesel plant to produce heating oil

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MORRISVILLE, Vt. -

A new fuel is in the mix at Bourne's Energy.

"Biodiesel that we are using is recycled cooking oils," said Peter Bourne, President of Bourne's Energy.

Wednesday the fuel provider cut the ribbon on a biodiesel blending plant in Morrisville. "Basically we are taking fossil fuel -- the biodiesel -- in a pipeline, pounding the molecules together so they become attached to one another, then are pumped into trucks for delivery to our customers," Bourne said.

The facility is slated to pump out roughly 100-thousand gallons of the blend a year to heat homes and businesses.

"It's a cleaner fuel, it's environmentally the right thing to do. It's an economic great thing because Vermonters get the local benefits of a biofuel made in the region and Bourne's gets the benefit of keeping customers and keeping their energy future bright," said Vt. Public Service Commissioner Liz Miller.  Miller said it's a step in the right direction toward a Vermont goal to have 90-percent renewable energy statewide by 2050. "Where we really need to see transformation is in transportation and in heating, which is why this project is so exciting because it shows what's possible, not just for Vermonters who are customers, but for the business -- Bourne's as well," she said.

Bourne will not say how much money it put into the project or if it's taking a financial loss, but he said it will sell the biodiesel to customers for the same price as its traditional fuel. "Probably from a business perspective it's not the brightest thing we've done, but what it is, is it's the best thing we've done," he said.

The project was completed with 45-thousand dollars in federal money.

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